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12.10.21

The Climate Change Challenge

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We are acting!

While there is a lot of talk about climate change at the moment because of COP26, it is hardly a new issue.

Islamic Relief is doing something about it and has done something about it. In particular, our climate policy focuses on the poor and marginalized who suffer from the effects of climate change around the world.

We are conducting cutting-edge research to reduce the impact of climate change events by preparing communities through disaster risk reduction projects, using appropriate technologies, designing climate-positive projects, and spreading awareness of climate change. We help communities already experiencing the negative effects of climate change. Islamic Relief is currently involved in over 50 climate-related relief and adaptation projects in more than 14 countries.

Many people, for example, are unaware that Pakistan is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The impact of climate change on Pakistan will be significant, numerous, diverse, and long-term. Some areas will become completely uninhabitable. With extreme temperatures, consistent floods, droughts, and coastal erosion, many will swap their homes and livelihoods for a chance to survive. Millions of people will become what are being termed “Climate Induced Migrants”. People who have to move to survive because of climate change.

Islamic Relief research report opening statement on that pakistan remains one of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change in the global climate risk index

Our staff in Pakistan are acutely aware of these challenges and have been working with top scientists and engineers to design projects that are not only climate sensitive, but also reduce the impact of severe weather events.

Photo: A farmer supported by the Islamic Relief climate change and resilience program.

Islamic Relief Pakistan is particularly well respected for their innovative approaches to water projects (WASH). Sustainable Water Management is the key approach they promote. Rather than promote crude water extraction technologies, they encourage water recycling, innovative drip irrigation, solar powered pumps, green houses, and water retention technologies (such as reservoirs and ponds).

Islamic Relief uses the ideas of leading academics, natural resource managers, engineers, and key government thinkers to make all our interventions more environmentally sustainable.

Act now, the fight against climate change is more important than ever.

Help combat climate change by supporting sustainable WASH projects through our Water For Life program.


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